The Strength of Nations; An Historical Retrospect

The Strength of Nations; An Historical Retrospect

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...think that, though both Sir William Blackstone and Sir Martin Wright have stated that the time of service was limited to forty days in every year, the time was not so limited. Blackstone % cites as his authority for this statement " Writ for this purpose in Memorand. Scacch. 36, prefixed to Maynard's Year Book, Edw. II." On turning to this writ we do not find any mention whatever of the time being forty days. Blackstone further says, " If he held only half a knight's fee, he was only bound to attend twenty days, and so in proportion;" and for this he cites 1 Bl. Com. 410; 2 Bl. Com. 62. f Wright's Tenures, p. 140. J 2 Bl. Com. 62. " Litt. sect. 95." And it may be here added that this passage of Littleton's Tenures is the only authority of apparent weight cited by Sir Martin Wright for the same statement. Now Littleton's evidence on the subject is by no means conclusive, as will appear from his words, which are--" And also it is commonly said, that some held by the service of one knight's fee, and some by the half of a knight's fee. And it is said, that when the king makes a voyage royal into Scotland to subdue the Scots, then he which holdeth by the service of one knight's fee ought to be with the king forty days, well and conveniently arrayed for the war; and he which holdeth his land by the moiety of a knight's fee ought to be with the king twenty days; and he which holdeth his land by the fourth part of a knight's fee ought to be with the king ten days; and so he that hath more, more, and he that hath less, less." For this statement all the authority is, "it is said: " Livy's authority ferunt for bos locutus, and the like prodigies. The whole scheme, in regard to the cutting down the time of...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236490851
  • 9781236490858